depression

This case involved a thirty-seven year old female who complained of depression with periods of poor sleep, some mood fluctuations, extreme irritability, and occasional rages. The woman’s constellation of issues also included near-panic levels of anxiety, non-specific learning deficits (low attending skills, auditory processing difficulties), and general visuo-spatial issues. She was concerned over losing friends because of her inflexibility, and was battling increasing isolation, along with a lack of concentration and motivation. She felt these challenges were negatively impacting her professional performance and threatening her job security.

Do I have Depression?

She was medicated with multiple anti-depressants by her physician and the woman reported these were insufficient.Early into completing some neurofeedback and counseling sessions the woman reported feeling a “little less emotional”, and also noted vivid dreams, but less sleep disruption. Shortly thereafter she reported sleeping through the night consistently for almost a week, and felt she was regaining her sense of humor. As her training continued she reported feeling more relaxed and better able to cope with issues, and was no longer feeling irritable or experiencing panic, even though her work situation continued to be very stressful and demanding. The woman reported enjoying the ability to maintain a “bigger picture perspective”, and described being able to “concentrate and get things accomplished”, to her surprise. In addition, she reported graphomotor improvements, including more legible handwriting; something she felt was due to her ability to be calmer, which was aiding her ability to focus. Toward the end of treatment the woman was able to go for three weeks at a time without treatment and reported feeling significantly more stable then in the past. She had salvaged some nearly-ended relationships with friends, who commented that she seemed “more flexible and easy going”. Shortly thereafter she reported extreme stress from a demanding workload, which, along with a sudden death in the family was causing considerable setbacks. She noted she was “handling things better”, but felt a need for increased frequency of neurofeedback. The woman resumed training on a schedule of two-week intervals until she felt stable and less stressed.

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